GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Senator Cory Gardner sees his legislation in action.

On Wednesday, the Colorado Senator visited with members of the Colorado Center for Excellence for Advanced Technology, Aerial Firefighting, to see how legislation passed in 2018 has impacted them.

This legislation allowed firecrews to use GPS locations of firefighters, and use drones to track wildfires in real time.

Senator Gardner says keeping up funding for first responders so they can continue this kind of innovation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is crucial.

“I firmly support additional support for our first responders,” Gardner said. “In fact we were able to get some flexibility included in the CARES Act. The $150 billion dollars that went to the states, we were able to get additional flexibility for first responders so that we can use that for those purposes.”

Gardner, a republican, will be up for reelection this November, and will face former Colorado governor John Hikcenlooper or former Colorado statehouse speaker and representative Andrew Romanoff.